Education research & policy

We support research into science and mathematics education and produce policy reports.

The work complements the Royal Society's other policy projects and is supported through our links with schools in the Associate Schools & Colleges and Partnership Grants schemes.

Policy projects

This is a list of our current policy projects. See all our past education policy reports here.

Doctoral students’ career expectations: principles and responsibilities

A set of principles and responsibilities for students, supervisory teams, careers and training services and HEIs, to help ensure that PhD students’ career expectations are clearly understood and managed.

Vision for science and mathematics education

An ambitious project to set out a vision for how the UK can develop an inspiring and high performing science and mathematics education system over the next 15-20 years.

Past projects

This is a list of our past policy projects.

Computing in Schools

An 18-month project looking at the way that computing is taught in schools, with support from 24 organisations from across the computing community including learned societies, professional bodies, universities, and industry.

State of the nation

A four year investigation into science and mathematics education in the United Kingdom, covering 5-19 education and the teaching workforce, completed in February 2011.


The Royal Society responds to some consultations on science and mathematics education as part of our role in providing independent advice to government and other organisations. See our consultation responses here.

Supporting research

Education Research Fellowship
This grant scheme is for academics in the UK researching physics and mathematics education who are at an early stage of their career and have the potential to become leaders in their field.

Kavli Education Medal
This medal is awarded for impact in the field of science and mathematics education.